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Jennifer Lawson, BS, IAC, ACE, aka Mother Gaia

Owner & Creator of MotherGaias.com

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Raw Honey

Honeycomb on wooden board with honey spoon and flowers Raw honey is best described as honey “as it exists in the beehive.” It is extracted from the beehive, strained and poured straight into the bottle, bypassing commercial processing methods. Raw and regular honey differ mainly in how they are processed. Raw honey contains pollen, may be more nutritious and does …

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Hemp Wick

These braided wicks are made with natural fibers of hemp (Cannabis sativa) instead of cotton. Hemp wicks provide for a hotter burning wick and increased rigidity. Used with all types of waxes. BENEFITS OF USING HEMP WICK FOR CANDLE-MAKING So let’s say you have found the perfect wax for your candles and you think you're ready to start, but wait, …

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The Beauty of Colorado

The Maroon Bells

https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/whiteriver/recarea/?recid=82346

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Tip of the Month

8 Steps for Healthy Living

https://www.webmd.com/women/features/8-summer-steps-for-healthy-living#1

1. Give Your Diet a Berry Boost

If you do one thing this summer to improve your diet, have a cup of mixed fresh berries -- blackberries, blueberries, or strawberries -- every day. They'll help you load up on antioxidants, which may help prevent damage to tissues and reduce the risks of age-related illnesses. Blueberries and blackberries are especially antioxidant-rich.

A big bonus: Berries are also tops in fiber, which helps keep cholesterol low and may even help prevent some cancers.

2. Get Dirty -- and Stress Less

To improve your stress level, plant a small garden, cultivate a flower box, or if space is really limited, plant a few flower pots -- indoors or out. Just putting your hands in soil is "grounding." And when life feels like you're moving so fast your feet are barely touching the stuff, being mentally grounded can help relieve physical and mental stress. 

3. Floss Daily

You know you need to, now it's time to start: floss every single day. Do it at the beach (in a secluded spot), while reading on your patio, or when watching TV -- and the task will breeze by.

Flossing reduces oral bacteria, which improves overall body health, and if oral bacteria is low, your body has more resources to fight bacteria elsewhere. Floss daily and you're doing better than at least 85% of people.

4. Get Outside to Exercise

Pick one outdoor activity -- going on a hike, taking a nature walk, playing games such as tag with your kids, cycling, roller blading, or swimming -- to shed that cooped-up feeling of gym workouts.

And remember, the family that plays together not only gets fit together -- it's also a great way to create bonding time.

5. Be Good to Your Eyes

To protect your vision at work and at play, wear protective eye wear. When outdoors, wear sunglasses that block at least 99% of ultraviolet A and B rays. Sunglasses can help prevent cataracts, as well as wrinkles around the eyes.

And when playing sports or doing tasks such as mowing the lawn, wear protective eyewear. Ask your eye doctor about the best type; some are sport-specific.

6. Vacation Time!

Improve your heart health: take advantage of summer's slower schedule by using your vacation time to unwind.

Vacations have multiple benefits: They can help lower your blood pressureheart rate, and stress hormones such as cortisol, which contributes to a widening waist and an increased risk of heart disease.

7. Alcohol: Go Lite

Summer's a great time to skip drinks with hard alcohol and choose a light, chilled alcoholicbeverage (unless you are pregnant or should not drink for health or other reasons).

A sangria (table wine diluted with juice), a cold beer, or a wine spritzer are all refreshing but light. In moderation -- defined as one to two drinks daily -- alcohol can protect against heart disease.

8. Sleep Well

Resist the urge to stay up later during long summer days. Instead pay attention to good sleep hygiene by keeping the same bedtime and wake-up schedule and not drinking alcohol within three hours of bedtime.

It's also a good idea to avoid naps during the day unless you take them every day at the same time, for the same amount of time.

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Recipe of the Week

 http://www.ilovevegan.com/fresh-vegetable-crunchy-rolls-with-sriracha-soy-sauce-tofu/

Vegan Tofu Rolls

Vietnamese rice rolls filled with fresh thin-sliced veggies and strips of sriracha & soy sauce seasoned tofu. Roll up and dip these crunchy veggie rolls into the sweet & spicy peanut sauce for a fresh and delicious meal.

Author: Brittany at ilovevegan.com

Recipe type: Lunch and Dinner

Cuisine: Vegan

Serves: 5-7Ingredients

Fresh Vegetable Crunchy Rolls with Sriracha & Soy Sauce Tofu

• ½ red pepper, julienned

• 1 large carrot, julienned

• ⅓ -1/2 long English cucumber, julienned

• 3 green onions, thinly sliced on a diagonal

• small handful of baby spinach, gently bunched up and sliced thinly

• ½-1 full recipe of Baked Sriracha & Soy Sauce Tofu (optional: double the marinade), chilled and cut into thin strips

• sesame seeds

• 5-10 rice papers (I used 22 cm papers)

Peanut Sauce:

• 2 tbsp soy sauce (or Bragg's Liquid Aminos - GF)

• 3 tbsp peanut butter

• 1 tbsp sriracha

• 1 tbsp chili garlic sauce (can substitute with 1 more tbsp sriracha)

• 1 tbsp sesame oil

• 1 tbsp brown sugar (or maple syrup)

• 1 tbsp sesame seeds

• 2-3 tbsp water to thin

Instructions:

Fresh Vegetable Crunchy Rolls with Sriracha & Soy Sauce Tofu:

• While the tofu is baking you can begin to prepare all of your ingredients. Finely julienne the red pepper, carrot, and cucumber (you can use a julienne peeler for the carrot and cucumber as well) I aim for slices between 4-5 inches long (but this depends on the size of your rice paper, mine are about 8" (20 cm).) Thinly slice the spinach and green onion.

• Once the tofu has finished baking, place it in the fridge to chill. In the meantime you can mix up the Spicy-Sweet Peanut Sauce (recipe below.)

• Cut your chilled tofu into thin strips.

• Prep your area. Find a nice clean space of counter to work on and fill a large bowl or pie plate with HOT water. Grab your sesame seeds and all of your prepped veggies.

Assembly

• Soak a single rice paper in the hot water until it's completely soft and flexible. This could take anywhere from a few seconds to more than 30 seconds depending on the brand/type of rice paper. I have best results soaking them for about 30 seconds.

• Gently shake the excess water from the rice paper, lay it straight out onto your work space.

• Let it sit for about 30 seconds to absorb any excess water, The papers won't stick together properly if they're really wet.

• Sprinkle some sesame seeds in the center of the wrap.

• Lay the julienned vegetables down in the middle of the wrap. Use approximately ⅕ of each ingredients per wrap (use a little more or a little less depening on how many wraps you want to make and how big you'd like them to be.) I like to fill mine with a little bit of spinach, lots of cucumber and carrot, a little red pepper, and lots of tofu topped with a sprinkle of green onion.

• Try to keep the fillings laid neatly, making sure to leave ample room on each side to easily fold the wrap.

Rolling:

• Lift the side of the rice paper that's closest to you, gently pull it forward (away from you) over the fillings. Hold the wrap firmly while you fold in each end of the wrap. Continue rolling to seal the seam. Refer to the GIF above for a demo.

Spicy-Sweet Peanut Sauce:

• Combine all ingredients in a bowl and whisk vigorously OR combine all ingredients in food processor and pulse.

• Store extra sauce in the fridge. I like to keep mine in a glass salad dressing bottle. It may thicken up when refrigerated, I just run my bottle under hot running tap water until it softens back to a liquid.

• Makes approx. ½ cup of sauce.

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Goat's Rue

Goat’s Rue root (Galega officinalis) Galega officinalis, commonly known as galega, goat's-rue, French lilac, Italian fitch, or professor-weed, is an herbaceous plant in the Faboideae subfamily. It is native to the Middle East but has been naturalized in Europe and western Asia. The plant has been extensively cultivated as a forage crop, an ornamental, a bee plant, and as green …

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Ginger Root

Ginger Root (Zingiber officinale) Ginger (Zingiber officinale) is a flowering plant whose rhizome, ginger root or simply ginger, is widely used as a spice or a folk medicine. Ginger is in the family Zingiberaceae, to which also belong turmeric (Curcuma longa), cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum), and galangal. Ginger originated in the tropical rainforests from the Indian subcontinent to Southern Asia where …

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Stop Using Bentonite Clay

Stop Using Bentonite Clay MotherGaias.com is always concerned with providing natural products made from raw ingredients collected from the Earth. What we did not consider was the amount of pollution people have accumulated in the environment where these raw ingredients are collected from. So we now know that even ‘food grade’ bentonite clay or montmorillonite is full of heavy metals …

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Product of the Month

Mother Gaia's Toothpaste

Arrowroot Powder, Activated Charcoal, Baking Soda, Organic Coconut Oil, Raw Honey, and filtered ZERO water come together with essential oils to clean and nourish your mouth while killing bacteria, freshening breath, and whitening teeth naturally. Free of artificial sweeteners, fluoride, petroleum, and plastic abrasives. 

Choose your flavor.

Find yours here.

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Upcoming Events & Classes

Please see Mother Gaia's Events Calendar for more information.

 

Aromacraft with Mother Gaia

Sunday, July 22nd, 2018 from Noon to 4pm.

Learn about the wonders of essential oils and blend your own truly natural products to take home. $20 per person for four products. Additional products are available for purchase. Held in Cheyenne, WY.

Send Mother Gaia an email for more information.

 

Wellness Education

Classes held at the Eaton Senior Community, second floor Solarium, the first Saturday of each month @ 1:30pm

333 S Eaton St in Lakewood, CO 80226 (open to the public)

What do you get to learn about?

• Ten dimensions health and wellness

• Physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual wellness 

• Understanding your body.

• Alternative Medicine — other than surgery and medications

• Ways to improve your health without spending money.

• Cheap and easy remedies to use at home.

• Simple, gentle exercise to improve function.

• Free gifts and handouts for attending.

 

Dancing Gaia: The Nature of Movement & Meditation

Jennifer is an ACE Certified Group Fitness Instructor and has been instructing group fitness classes for over four years.

Each class begins with deep breathing, energy building, and gentle stretching warm-ups. Class continues with a unique blend of Tai Chi, Yoga, Qigong, and Tae Kwon Do style movements. Then we finish each class with a slow and gentle cool down and seated hand posture practice. These classes are for anyone that wants to get fit without hurting themselves. 

Dancing Gaia offers seated versions for those who are less capable.

Want Dancing Gaia in your community? We'll come to your community and provide classes on your schedule. Send Mother Gaia an email here.

 

Group Classes Mother Gaia Brings to You

How about an unusual birthday party for that open minded teen, loved one, or friend that has everything? Or just a fun way to learn and experience the benefits of natural healing with friends and/or family? Mother Gaia brings all the supplies and information needed for a great educational experience.

Combine classes for a more complete experience and save $10 per person. Host a class and get your first complete set for free! Send Mother Gaia an email and we can schedule it on your time in your space. Mother Gaia is fully insured for your protection, references can be provided upon request.

Aromacraft  

Learn about and experience essential oils and all of their wonderful benefits, create up to seven (7) of your own products to take home including a ZERO water based spray, moisturizing lotion, aroma body/bath oil, natural skin toner, deeply cleansing mudd mask, strengthening tooth powder, and nourishing mineral milk bath. 

Herbalcraft 

Learn about and experience herbal remedies, their amazing benefits and simple uses, and blend up to six (6) products including an herbal tea, naturally scented herbal sachet, moisturizing herbal infused mineral milk bath, infused body/bath oil, cleansing mudd mask, and strengthening and antibacterial tooth powder.

 ***Every participant receives a handout booklet packed full of useful information.***

Looking to try out a class? Mother Gaia offers many great classes here.

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